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Open Source software has been one of my soapbox subjects for the past two decades. You’ll find it in your smartphone (the Apple iPhone and Android are both based on it), running your car, in your television and much more. It’s Open Source software that has helped thousands of companies develop software solutions that just wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
Intel, who has been providing millions in funding to Universities, is now requiring that the Universities do not use that funding to create patented technology. Which leads us to another subject I’ve written about in the past: Software Patents. These are killing innovation here in the US, and will ultimately cause great, unseen, harm to the entire world economy.
Kudos to Intel for helping to stem the growth of harmful software patents!
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Intel has announced the world’s first 3-D microprocessor transistor for mass production.
It’s a major breakthrough for the semiconductor industry, which has been trying for years to get the microscopic semiconductor structures that make up computer chips into the third dimension.
“This transition to 3-D devices will help us continue Moore’s Law,” said Intel senior fellow Mark Bohr at the news conference Wednesday. “Clearly you can pack more things into a small space if you go vertical with 3-D.”
The Tri-Gate 3-D transistors will be put onto a new line of Intel chips. Dubbed “Ivy Bridge,” the chips are the world’s first mass-produced 22-nanometer microprocessors, which means they also contain the smallest semiconductors yet available on a production chip. Read Full Article at Wired.com
The bad guys are using an exploit against one of the backbone Internet protocols to trick your computer to take you to their site instead of where you think you’re really going. Nasty stuff.
Currently more than 52% of Internet users are exposed to this problem due to ISPs who haven’t properly updated their DNS (Dynamic Name System) servers, but there’s a way you can tell if you’re at risk.
Visit www.doxpara.com and click on the “Check My DNS” button on the upper right side of the page. It will run a series of tests for you, automatically, and tell you if your machine is at risk. There’s another checker at DNS-OARC and one at the lower left corner of DNSstuff, but you don’t have to run all three.
Business personnel must check their DNS to ensure that there are not problems that could expose personal or proprietary data to criminal enterprises abroad. Failure to do so could result in criminal prosecution for the company themselves — it’s unlikely the true criminals will ever be caught.
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“TechARP has gotten some juicy news from Intel. This time, it’s the top secret details of the Intel 45nm desktop processors, both Yorkfield and Wolfdale with benchmarks and pricing included! ‘As promised earlier, Intel will launch their 45 nm processors by the end of this year. In fact, we have been told that the launch date had already been set at November 11, 2007, so mark your calendars. [...] Code-named Yorkfield XE, the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 will be a quad-core processor built from two 45 nm Wolfdale processor dies. It will displace the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 (Kentsfield) processor as the top desktop processor model until Q3, 2008′”